Alice Mary Strike (1896-2004) served in the British armed forces during the First World War. She is on the United Kingdom list of veterans who died in 2004, who was born in Godalming. She died in Canada on the 22nd December 2004, aged 108. She was born on the 31st August 1896 in Crownpits, Busbridge, Alice Mary Hosegood, daughter of Emily (née Baker) and James Hosegood, a butcher.

Her father died at the age of 35, and was buried on the 30th May 1896 at Busbridge Parish Church, and in August of that year, Alice Mary was born. Her mother married Alfred Ayling in 1899. The 1901 census lists Alice Hosegood living with Emily and Alfred Ayling on the west side of Crownpits, aged 4. The 1911 census lists Alice Hosegood as a visitor, aged 14, born in Godalming with Elizabeth Lambden, a widow, at 108 Brighton Road, Godalming.

In 1914 Alice Mary enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps, later the Royal Air Force, as a pay clerk. On the 14th July 1919 at Busbridge Church she married James Robert Stobie (1897-1962), a Canadian fireman whom she met in Woking. They moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba, where they lived for 40 years and raised their four children - three girls and a boy. On his retirement they moved to Vancouver, British Columbia. After he died she married George Strike, a fisherman, whom she met on Queen Charlotte’s Island, British Columbia. In 1986, aged 90, and on her own she moved to Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where she lived for a short time with her daughter, Kathleen, then moved to Northwood Manor and recently lived in Camp Hill Veterans’ Memorial Building, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

She was the recipient of the John McRae medal in 1998 on the 80th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In 2003 she received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal awarded to Canadians who made a significant contribution to their fellow citizens, their community, or to Canada over the previous fifty years. She was a staunch royalist and was pleased to have

received congratulations from the Queen on her birthday. She was a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion, and was active in the Poppy campaign, and an avid volunteer with the veterans.

She died in 2004, aged 108, at Camp Hill Veterans’ Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia and was buried in Dartmouth Memorial Gardens, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

Other veterans of the First World War included Gladys Stokes Luxford Powers, (1899-2008, who died at the age of 109 in Canada) and John Henry Foster ‘Jack’ Babcock (1900–2010 who died at the age of 109, a veteran of the Canadian military). In the United Kingdom, Henry John ‘Harry’ Patch (1898-2009 died at the age of 111 and was the last surviving soldier known to have fought in the trenches. Florence Beatrice Green, née Patterson (1901-2012) died at the age of 110.


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